How to Secure Tall Furniture to a Wall

If not secured to the wall, tall pieces of furniture, like bookcases, can pose a risk of toppling over, causing injury and damage to your home. To prevent this from happening use metal brackets to secure the top of the piece to the studs in the wall. Watch this video to find out more.


  1. We just moved and bought an IKEA Brimnes Wardrobe. About 3.5 hours in to assembly, we had put the brackets to secure it in place and turned it right-side up to discover that the baseboards/crown molding (?) make the monster lean out 4-5 inches from the wall, and now I’ve put a few items in it, the top of it leans 5-6 inches out from the wall. Way out of range for the 1-2 inch bracket that came with the wardrobe to screw into the wall. We’re renting a refinished attic space and frankly, I don’t have it in me to disassemble the thing and rent another UHaul to take it back to IKEA.
    With this complication, how do we secure it to the wall so it doesn’t topple over in our sleep and crush us?

  2. Could you screw a wooden batten (of about the same depth as the gap from the wardrobe to the wall) in line with the top pf the wardrobe, then use the brackets provided to screw into the wardrobe and attack to the batten?


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